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Staging Christmas (2019)

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Lori (Soleil Moon Frye) stages homes for a living and her busiest season is Christmas! Though she normally only stages homes that are for sale, she's intrigued when a wealthy widower named ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Soleil Moon Frye ... Lori
George Stults ... Everett
Jaleel White ... Mr. Lexington
Mia Clark Mia Clark ... Maddie
Karina Segura Karina Segura ... Stella
Karli Hall ... Nickky
Malinda Money ... Tonya
Kelsie Elena ... Casey
Richard Benedict Richard Benedict ... Ben
Yolanda Stange Yolanda Stange ... Mrs. Pryor
Andrea Peterson Andrea Peterson ... Brianna's Mom
Jazmine Shaw ... Barista
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yesenia Davis Yesenia Davis ... School Kid
Nicole Duke ... Inn guest
John Forker ... Coffee Shop Patron
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Lori (Soleil Moon Frye) stages homes for a living and her busiest season is Christmas! Though she normally only stages homes that are for sale, she's intrigued when a wealthy widower named Everett (George Stults) asks her to stage his home for the holidays to cheer up his daughter, Maddie. As Lori starts remaking Everett's home, she finds that Maddie isn't the only one in desperate need of the Christmas spirit. As Lori spends more and more time with Everett and Maddie, she starts to feel like part of the family. While she was initially hired to simply stage the perfect Christmas in their house, she ends up creating it for the father and daughter in every way imaginable.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un décor de rêve pour Noël See more »

Filming Locations:

Ogden, Utah, USA

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18 minutes into the movie, when Lori is learning about Maddie's dead mother, a close up shows Lori placing a hand on Maddie to console her. In the next shot Maddie is seen without anyone near her, and then the camera moves back to Lori who, presumably, still has a hand on Maddie. See more »

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No sparks.
30 November 2019 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

The staging aspect is not a common plot device, although there have been a couple of TV movies that used this theme. What is used way too often is doing-a-good-job-means-a-promotion followed closely by the-promotion-will-take-us-apart. Up to the climax, any viewer could have told pretty much everything that would happen, with the possible exception of storm Meghan which has been in most or all of Lifetime's premieres this year. And of course the ending is predictable too, but what brings it about was a a little surprise for me.

Other than whether the party would succeed and the possible promotion, there was very little tension or conflict.

I wasn't impressed with the acting. It didn't seem natural. George Stults seemed stiff to me and Soleil Moon Frye wasn't much better. They had so much screen time together, it wouldn't be entirely accurate to say there was no chemistry, but it wasn't great. As is often the case in movies with a widower and daughter, the leading lady and kid seemed to have more chemistry than the leading couple. On the other hand, the acting didn't turn me off so badly that I still couldn't enjoy the movie at least some. And the role of the little girl was well done avoiding overplaying the role as kid actors sometimes do.

In holiday movies, I enjoy them more when they include music and singing by the cast. There were a couple of group participation songs which were nice.


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